Saturday 10th January

A year since I first met my bearded best friend, and what a year it has been.

Our first date consisted of gin, flat shoes, me being very, very late, flat and surprisingly stunted conversation; still not sure why I agreed to a second date actually. But 365 days later, we revisited The Wheatsheaf in London Bridge to celebrate what has been.


In an attempt to replicate (and improve upon) our first date, we took a trip up The Shard, but this time we had lots to talk about, lots to laugh about and a lot more gin – because I can drink as much as I like now without worrying how I’m going to get home – that’s his job.

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I always find that the music at Oblix is great and the service is always on point. We tried the food up there for the first time ever this weekend – the tapas-style menu being right up our street – and it didn’t disappoint. The lamb cutlets were juicy and tender and it’s the first time I’ve ever actually enjoyed squid.

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Although the views up there will always steal the show, they seem to have got everything else just right too, from the music to the ambience to the service; an added and very welcome bonus to the already winning experience of drinking and dining way above the rooftops of London.


The next morning, feeling a little worse for wear, we headed to the new Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie for breakfast. Although absolutely freezing up there – ever heard of central heating? – we had a great time and the view of The Shard is stunning. We sat down to a breakfast of coffee (served in questionable glasses), pastries (that were a little stale) and bacon baps. Then, free to roam the top floor, we strolled around, taking in where we live from all of the best angles.

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The best thing about my weekend in the sky? Escaping the chaos of the city, whilst appreciating the beauty of it, and saying goodbye to one of the most turbulent years of my humble existence.

A most excellent anniversary indeed.


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